The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their 52nd annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center in Venice, FL on February 3-4, 2018. Seventeen vendors will exhibit and sell 1000's of blooming orchid plants as well as free orchid classes, orchid floral arrangements, jewelry, and supplies. The show is widely regarded as the largest orchid show on Florida's west coast.
This major community event is expected to draw over 4000 attendees. Nationally recognized growers from as far away as Hawaii will exhibit and sell orchids. They include Art Stone Orchids, Carmela Orchids, Florida SunCoast Orchids, Krull-Smith, Odom's Orchids, Palmer Orchids, Smiley’s Orchids, Mac's Orchids, Miranda Orchids, Accent Orchids and Plantio La Orquidea. More than 20 American Orchid Society (AOS) accredited judges travel from around the country to judge this event. Cash awards and trophies are awarded to the best exhibits and plants in each class.
The Venice Area Orchid Society is one of the largest and most active orchid societies in the U.S. with more than 300 members. Our annual show is our major fundraising event and is always held the first full weekend in February at the Venice Community Center in downtown Venice. The Community Center provides the perfect venue for displaying the orchid exhibits and sales areas. Please plan to join us!
Venice Community Center
326 So. Nokomis Ave., Venice
Show Hours: Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Sunday 10am - 4pm
Admission is $5.00 (children under 10 free)
Back in 2010 when you went to the Venice Farmer's Market, you'd be lucky to find 10 vendors. Thankfully in 2011, Linda Wilson decided to take on the challenge of creating an experience that visitors and locals would look forward to and frequent weekly as part of their regular excurions into downtown. But what exactly did this former manager of an Engineering and Design Department know about creating a successful market? Honestly, nothing! However with her common sense, lots of research and sheer determination she figured it out.
Today, the market is thriving, not just surviving with between 38 - 44 unique vendors, musical entertainment, several awesome activities and creative special programs. One such program is "Venice Youth, Blooming and Growing" where children have the opportunity to build their businesses right in front of our eyes. These budding business entrepreneurs have to meet special requirements, maintain good grades, have a homemade product or talent and be under 18. Beginning on June 11, The Venice Farmer's Market is sponsoring their first Young Entrepreneur, Emmarose Larson. Emmarose is the Principal Baker and Sole Proprietor of Crazy Creations of Venice.
Venice is known for their beaches, sunshine and multiple activities but don’t forget about our world-class restaurants! Starting on June 1st you can take a culinary adventure around town without breaking the bank! During Savor Sarasota, you can enjoy a 3-course meal for lunch for $15.00/pp and for dinner $29/pp. Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar is an intimate, bistro-style restaurant featuring American cuisine with fine wine and a full bar. They are offering their Savor Sarasota specials all the way through June 30th, check out their menu here.
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Maestro Ken Bowermeister, music director and conductor of The Venice Symphony since 2009, will be retiring his post after the 2015-2016 season. Maestro Imre Palló guest conductor during the 2014-2015 season will be come interim conductor starting in 2016.
Recognized today as an outstanding cultural organization in the South Sarasota County area, the Venice Symphony's recent growth is greatly due to Bowermeister's leadership. With Bowermeister's departure, the Venice Symphony will be venturing upon a new journey with the next individual to lead the orchestra until a permanent conductor is found. Born in Hungary, Imre Palló began studying music at an early age with the support of his godfather, composer Zoltán Kodály. Part of his music education involved studying with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music.
The downtown merchants are celebrating "Christmas in July" on Friday and Saturday with lots of sales, prizes and specials! Free Trolley Rides, Merchants on Miami are having a tropical Christmas, merchants in the KMI are serving cookies and punch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will on hand for a mid year check in and you'll want to register to win one of 6 gift baskets totaling more than $1000 filled with awesome goodies from participating downtown merchants, activities take place both days from 10a - 5p.
Saturday Morning kicks off with a fabulous selection of vendors - local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer's Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It's a weekly celebration of the best of Venice and during this time of year, they are open from 8am - 1pm.
Bring the whole family down to the Venice Art Center - it's Free Family Fun! Arts and Crafts, face painting, food drinks and musical instruments provided by Rhythm Inlet for the kids to try. All activities at the Venice Art Center take place from 10am - 1pm.